USA, 2007: 3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Christian Bale stars as a desperate rancher who takes the job to escort the captured outlaw Ben Wade to the waiting train.
Without a doubt, 3:10 to Yuma is my favorite Western movie. Itís incredibly well-written and paced, and makes a point to subvert a lot of the romantic impressions we have of the genre. With a solid budget of 50 million dollars, director James Mangold made sure to pull out all the stops in bringing the story to life. Every shot is beautifully lit and composed, although the frequent use of handheld cameras might be a bit dizzying for some. The details of the costumes and sets feel incredibly genuine, and though some better history buffs will be able to point out anachronisms, the sense of scope and the hard lives of the characters come across clearly. The score is deep and powerful, and is suitably held back when the actors need to put their work in. As a piece of film, itís apparent that Mangold really put the appropriate time, effort, and resources into crafting this work.
Boasting an incredible cast, the script really allowed the stars to shine on screen. Christian Baleís trademark aura of unbreakable fortitude is on full display, and delivers an incredibly moving performance through the whole movie. But, for all his amazing talent, itís Russel Crowe as Ben Wade that really steals the show. Profoundly layered and nuanced, Croweís outlaw is an amazing character study, seemingly complex yet terrifyingly simple. The supporting cast does an impressive job as well, in particular Ben Foster as Wadeís second-in-command Charlie Prince. Ruthless, cunning, and dangerously loyal, he embodies the type of strange characters that Westerns are famous for. Based on the short story of the same name, the team of writers really expanded on the source material, creating a whole universe to support and elaborate on the original story and first film adaptation. They made a Western thatís raw and genuine, yet with enough flavor and charm to keep you engaged the whole time.
Like the rest of the movie, the action has very few fancy tricks or unnecessary flash. The gun fights are generally quick and dirty, adding to the sense of realism and grit brought to the table. Every engagement is a struggle for survival, and the cinematography really reflects that do-or-die sense of impact. Itís not a bloodbath either; while the film isnít shy to use it when needed, thereís no need to push it over the top. The climax does start to wade into action-movie-shootout territory, but not excessively so. 3:10 to Yuma is a rude awakening from cheesy action films, and thereís a feeling of harsh reality that is very rarely seen. Itís brutal and unforgiving, just like the wild western territories it represents.
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I absolutely loved this movie, it's great to see that quality westerns are still being made.
Best Western since "Dances With Wolves". Better than "Unforgiven".
I gotta disagree with you on that one.
Originally Posted by Pilgrim
I really liked 3:10, but Unforgiven is probably the best western ever made, ever.
BTW, as recent westerns go, Appaloosa wasn't bad either.
John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Glenn Ford and James Stewart are all deeply offended by your statement.
Seriously, I liked Unforgiven, but I have to say, it seemed a lot like a period piece to me. There are way better Western movies out there, even by Eastwood himself; for example, please go watch "Pale Rider". :)
I guess you lot didn't see Seraphim Falls or Open Range. Both very good Westerns from recent memory.
Hey, don't get me wrong, I love Wayne, Flynn (more in his swash-buckle films, though), Ford, Stewart, Coopper, Mitchum, Gardner and all those guys.
But I still feel Unforgiven is the best western ever, I would give special props to High-Noon as well as a very close 2nd. Man, it's just a question of personal tastes.
I saw a documentary a while back about the movies shown in the White-House, and apparently the projectionist kept a meticulous log of which President saw what. It was an interesting enough documentary, but what stood out and was cool to see, that almost all president's favourite film (or at least most requested) was 'High Noon', that was cool to discover.
It's obviously a matter of taste. :)
I for my part, didn't like Seraphim Falls at all, but liked Open Range, on the contrary.
As to Unforgiven, it's a good movie, but personally reminded me a bit too much of stuff I had seen earlier.
High Noon, on the other hand, I have never seen until now, and I am aware of this mistake. :)
Last edited by Hiro Protagonist; 11/06/2010 9:19am at .
As far as modern westerns go, I dont think this was better than Dances With Wolves or Open Range, but I did enjoy it more than Appaloosa...Incidentally, I just saw a trailer of True Grit starring Jeff Bridges, and it looks like it might be pretty good. It was right after the trailer for Warrior's Way, so it made it look pretty fantastic
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